After halting another losing skid with a win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday with only nine available players, the Boston Celtics will have to get used to a thin roster as the injury bug just leveled the team.
Bradley has missed 13 of the last 16 games with a nagging ankle injury and has no certain timetable for return. He is improving, but has not participated in any basketball activities.
"It’s been very frustrating, not to be able to be there for my team, especially on a tough West Coast trip," Bradley said. "Watching the games has been tough. Having another setback, another year -- it’s been hard on me. All I can do is get healthy and try to get back as soon as possible."
Bradley's young career has been full of injury setbacks, so hopefully he's on the mend and ready to close out the 2013-14 season.
Olynyk sprained his toe in Saturday's loss to Sacramento and reaggrevated the injury by playing on Monday against Utah. The team was afraid that he may have broken it, but an MRI revealed it's only a sprain, which should limit the amount of time he will miss.
"We actually thought it was broken [Tuesday, but] got good news today," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "He’s going to be in a boot for at least the next couple of days. Probably unlikely [to play Saturday against the Pacers], but possibly."
After suffering a concussion during Boston's loss against the Los Angeles Lakers, Jared Sullinger has missed three consecutive games for the Celtics. There is good news on the horizon as Sullinger has passed all NBA regulated concussion tests and is hopeful for the game on Saturday against Indiana.
"All of his tests that he had were passed [Wednesday]," Stevens said. "[Thursday] is a big conditioning day, Friday is practice full-contact, then Saturday -- the progression would be that, to be cleared to play. He’s done what he needed to do up to this point. But obviously we’re very sensitive to that -- as we should be -- very cautious about that, and we’re bringing him back at the right pace."
Faverani has been sidelined for most of February after injuring his knee in a D-League game. The swelling in his knee has hindered his play and after seeking a second opinion, it looks like El Hombre Indestructible could be facing surgery.
Asked about being unable to play, Faverani said, "It’s hard. Everybody wants to play right now. We have no big men -- Sully’s out, Kelly’s out. It’s hard, but it’s my knee and [I'm trying to] protect myself."
But the good news is that Danny Ainge and Rondo have closed the matter on his unexcused birthday party... so at least that is behind us.